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Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB) was established in 1953 with the objective to improve the quality of life of the underprivileged section of the society. Since then it has been working towards promoting basic human rights for all. As an affiliated member of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), FPAB is the oldest and largest family planning non-government organization in Bangladesh.

FPAB is an organization built and driven by the volunteers. The founding president of the association was renowned Dr. Humaira Sayeed, following by prominent personalities like late Alamgir M. A. Kabir, late Professor Dr. Md. Ibrahim, late Dr. (Captain) Abul Kashem, late Dr. Syed A K M Hafizur Rahman, M Shamsul Islam, Shaheed Md. Maizuddin, Kazi Anisur Rahman and so others.

The organization has pioneered family planning movement in the country. It advocates family planning as a basic human right and motivates people towards the concept of small family. FPAB played an important role in formulating national family planning programme introduced by the then government of Pakistan in 1965. With the span of more than 63 years of its emergence, FPAB has made a significant achievement in creating awareness among the eligible couples about family planning and annually contributes 4.5% of the total national family planning performance. In conformity with the local and national needs, FPAB shifted its thrust from lone family planning interventions to the holistic approach of reproductive health in mid 80's of the last century. Instead of targeting fertile couples, interventions of FPAB involve men and women of all ages with special focus on the disadvantaged segment of the population. Beneficiaries of FPAB have now exceeded five million people.

At present FPAB has its service network in 32 districts out of 64 districts of Bangladesh. Sexual and Reproductive Health services are priority interventions and has been providing from 21 comprehensive clinics, 11 special work unit clinics and 3 Unit clinics. Over 1472 Reproductive Health promoters (RHPs) are working at the community to provide doorstep services. Fifty-five outreach satellite sessions are operating from clinics per month to reach out the poor, underserved and marginalized people of rural areas of Bangladesh at project locations of FPAB.

 

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